Colombo, March 22: Sri Lanka Thursday said its friendly ties with India and the US will not change despite a resolution being moved against it at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Acting Media Minister Laksman Yapa Abeywardena told reporters that India’s internal political situation has pushed New Delhi to vote in favour of the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka.
“Sri Lanka’s ties with India will not be affected over the decision it has taken,” Abeywardena said adding that New Delhi could take independent decision over Sri Lanka considering the present crucial political situation.
“India’s ruling party has lost some of the big states in the elections and all the parties in Tamil Nadu have gathered together to pressure the central government to support the US-backed resolution,” Xinhua quoted Abeywardena as saying.
“We don’t have any misunderstanding or ill-feeling about India. If we had similar internal problems we too would have taken such decision,” he said.
However, Abeywardena said he was sure that India would support Sri Lanka at later stages when it is necessary.
“Whatever decisions taken by India and the US with regard to the resolution, that will be limited to that issue only,” said the minister.
The US-backed resolution taken up at the 19th UNHRC sessions is to pressure Sri Lanka to implement the recommendation made by a domestically prepared war report and probe war crimes allegations in the final stage of the country’s ethnic war against Tamil Tiger rebels.
India, the closest neighbour of Sri Lanka with historical cultural and political ties, last Tuesday announced that it was inclined to support the resolution against Sri Lanka.